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  • At the end of 2017, Virginia ranked third in the nation, after Colorado and New Mexico, in coalbed methane proved reserves, and two Virginia coalbed methane fields are ranked among the top 100 natural gas fields in the United States.
  • The ports in Virginia's Norfolk Customs District processed about 36% of U.S. coal exports in 2018, making it the largest U.S. coal export center.
  • In 2018, natural gas fueled 53% of Virginia's electricity net generation, nuclear power provided almost 31%, coal fueled about 10% and renewable resources, primarily  biomass, supplied nearly 7%.
  • Virginia established a voluntary renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to encourage investor-owned utilities to procure a portion of the electricity sold in Virginia from renewable energy resources. The RPS goal is for 15% of base year 2007 sales to come from eligible renewable energy sources by 2025.
  • Virginia’s Bath County Pumped Storage Station, with a net generating capacity of 3,003 megawatts, is the largest hydroelectric pumped storage facility in the nation.

Last Updated: September 19, 2019

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Virginia, U.S. Rankings

Consumption
Total Energy per Capita 32
Expenditures
Total Energy per Capita 38
Production
Total Energy 20
Crude Oil 32
Natural Gas 17
Coal 13
Electricity 13
Prices
Natural Gas 16
Electricity 24
Environment
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 17

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